Some people seem to navigate their worlds more naturally and easily than others. However, it’s not uncommon for both children and adults to occasionally struggle with their own feelings and behaviors as well as understand how to interact with others successfully. Unfortunately, we aren’t born with these skills, but they can be learned with the help of a skilled counselor.
Many children can benefit from help learning to identify their emotions, express them in a healthy way, and modulate them to an appropriate intensity. Others need help figuring out the social world around them including understanding the social cues of others and reacting in an appropriate fashion. Occasionally, these children may have official diagnoses such as Autism Spectrum Disorder or ADHD but this is not always the case.
Some parents find that raising a child is not as smooth as they had anticipated or would like. They find themselves dealing with a child who is quite challenging and they can end up at their wits’ end. This can lead to feelings of embarrassment, shame, frustration, and resentment which negatively impact their own well-being as well as their ability to parent effectively.
I believe that people truly have the capacity for change. My goal is to help people create positive change in their lives by providing skills, support, and encouragement in order to get where they want to go. I work cooperatively with my clients and their families and look forward to them taking an active approach to their treatment.